Armour thyroid vs synthetic thyroid

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i may have to have my thyroid removed. which is better armour or one of the synthetic hormones? any risks with either?
There is some talk of people finding bottles with softer pills etc A newer generic version called NP Thyroid is apparently the same formula as the old Armour? Is Armour now FDA approved? I read they use organic pigs etc in their formulation however no one really knows how NP goes about their business. I've also seen many posts where people are very happy with NP Thyroid? It also seems to have the least amount of fillers compared to Naturethyroid and Armour...
We have a ratio scale here in our Health Pages on the Armour ratios - vs- synthetics you can read. Usually someone that takes a desiccated thyroid at 90 mg and is about to change to syntheic will look at a dosage of T4 Synthroid at .112mcg and then add Cytomel T3 with the Synthroid at about 10mcg. That is pretty close to the ratios you are use to with Armour.
After learning about the importance of Free T3 here on the Forum, I got mine tested and confirmed as low in the range. Got my doctor to switch my meds from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid. After some tweaking, I am now taking 3 grains of Armour. My Free T3 is now 3.9 (range of 2.3 - 4.2) and Free T4 is .84 (range of .60 - 1.50), and I feel best ever. For info my TSH has been around .05 or lower for about 30 years now.
1) will accelerate heart rate and cause defibrillation. It's not the Armour per se--it's the T3. Armour Thyroid will initially make people lacking T3 feel better, but over time, the level of tissue T3 builds up and then you feel bad again. Supposedly because the proportions in Armour are 80% T4 and 20% T3...that does not match the body's natural state, which is 98% T4 and 2 % T3. T3 is much more potent than T4, so if T3 levels get too high you feel bad again.
I agree with Deb. Can't rush treatment here. She is on synthetic thyroid meds, I am on natural. She does great on synthetic - I did horrible. It takes time to get a proper level in no matter what you chose. AND just so you are aware, if you do choose to switch to nautal desiccated thyroid meds, like Armour, recently they switched their processing of it and now it contains more lactose then it did.
If some T3 is needed, it's easier to regulate by adding some T3 as a separate pill. Also, if on Armour, be sure to have your free T3 monitored regularly. Synthetic T4 is the therapy of choice for those just starting thyroid hormone replacement. If it doesn't work for you, you can always try something else. The synthetic vs. natural issue can get quite heated at times. Both sides have their supporters and detracters.
Whether it be Armour or whether it be Synthroid with Cytomel. After 17 years of no thyroid , you would know yr body inside out in regards to symptoms. I would research Cytomel and Armour and then speak to others here who are on these meds and then decide from there. To put it bluntly....what do you have to lose? The T4 med is NOT doing what it is supposed to do and if it was me in your shoes, I wouldnt stop until I felt that I had done all I can in this thyroid condition. After all......
I am more of an advocant of finding a med that helps the patient and not just "staying within the box" of the "norm" Most doctors will not RX it because their "pockets" do not get full off off Forest Labs/Armour - vs- Abbott Labs/Synthroid. I don't know any reputable drug site that do not list both meds and even a few others that have not been mentioned here. Everyone is "made" different so we need to find the right therapy to help us get well.
I'm looking for a comparison in synthetic drug combos vs. natural thyroid replacement here. I swear I've tried more thyroid meds than a drug addict at this point (and could probably start my own pharmacy... Shhhh! Don't tell the FDA...:-O), but I've not yet tried Armour. Not sure what could possibly be the difference between the natural and the synthetic versions. Anyone have any experience they'd care to relay?
My Antithyroglobulin Ab is 150. I am making antibodies against the pig thyroid. I also have MS and was told that synthetic medication would aggrevate the disease. I am getting a little confused because I am still having hypo- symptoms such as abdominal weight gain and dry skin and hair. Should I switch back to the levothyroxine even though I see no change in my symptoms? I assume doing so will bring down the Antithyroglobulin Ab count.
I always felt tired, moody, sad, anxious, and mentally was not functioning at a level before my thyroid problem started, even though my blood work was always right on target. My boyfriend's mom who also has hypothyroidism urged me to take Armour Thyroid saying it made her feel better. Within a week I had more energy and felt much less anxious. The first few days I noticed an abundance of energy...it was a little scary but boyfriend's mom said just enjoy the ride.
There's a thread on page one called Synthroid vs. Natural Hormones you might want to look at.
I never had any trouble with it during the 5 years I was taking it. What do you readers think I should do? Insist on the Armour or go with the synthetic? Thanks, Denise PS-I say no problems but I did develop a bit of a panic disorder toward the end of my using it, but I still have the panic now and then and I don't take any thyroid meds at this time. So, not sure they are the reason.
Taking Armour will not make your symptoms go away just because it is Armour. Armour will make your symptoms go away when your thyroid hormone levels are correct. Trying Armour is fine. It way work well for you. It will not control what your thyroid is doing any better than a synthetic hormone. If your levels are going up and down on Synthroid, they will continue to go up and down on Armour. If your hormone levels continue to shift, you will continue to have symptoms and dosage adjustments.
I am leaning to the armour.1 pill vs 2.Itis closest to our own thyroid hormones. I had bad experience with synthroid but that was mostly because they gave me too much.Cytomel has been ok except for the excessive bm's(previous IBS was totally thyroid induced) But all the websites I have been to about armour sound almost too good to be true.So I know yall will give me the skinny.
What's the difference between OTC thyroid supplements and Armour? Are thyroids processed differently? I thought the thyroid itself is a gland, so how can the stuff in an OTC supplement be glandular but not contain much thyroid hormones?
Sorry, had to make two posts, first was too long, I guess to be accepted by MH. Further, have a look at this statement from the site of the manufacturer of Armour Thyroid, Forest Laboratories, Inc. " Armour Thyroid is a natural, porcine-derived thyroid hormone replacement containing both T4and T3. Note that the amount of thyroid hormone in the thyroid gland may vary from animal to animal.
Armour is all natural, and derived from animals, so it will difffer slightly from bottle to bottle..it is my understanding that is short lasting meaning you have to take it a few times a day, and works directly with the T3 Synthryoid is directly for the T4 readings. These reads take over 6 weeks to change in the blood, therefore it is a long working. Levothyroxin is the generic form of Synthyroid. Cytomel is the synthetic /generic form of Armour and....
As you can see - gathering opinion on this issue will be lopsided on the Syntrhroid side as MOST patients take synthroid and such meds. Armour thyroid saved my life. I took synthetic and had OK results - blood work normalized but not my overall well being. I was still tired, lethargic with hair falling out. I learned of Armour and tried it - my hair started to grow back, I gained tremendous energy, my antibodies dropped (I have Hashimotos) and I do not feel lethargic or depressed anymore.
dried Thyroid.. from what - animals - It is like an Armour product - just without the "A" on the pill. If we picked at every article out there on what's bad to eat - what's good - what is full of bacteria and hormones and additives and everything else we would starve to death. BUT are we trying to remain informed on this ...........YES. It's all about choices as you well know. No body said YOU said anything about dying on the med - It was a metafor. I totally see your point.
I've been reading up on the dessicated vs synthetic and found that synthetic only treats one thyroid hormone, while dessicated treats 5. Are you familiar with this? I have an appt soon and will be discussing it with my doctor and if he's not willing to work on it with me then I will look into an Endo.
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